[HOT]: 7 NYS suspects turn State witnesses

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Noordin Haji.
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji. FILE PHOTO | NMG  

Seven individuals implicated within the Nationwide Youth Service (NYS) rip-off who had been launched by the court docket on Monday will probably be State witnesses, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has stated.

In a press release launched to the media on Tuesday, Mr Haji stated seven of the 12 accused individuals had been junior officers whose proof will probably be key in strengthening the prosecution’s case.

He stated 5 different people had been nonetheless going through prices in associated circumstances. The circumstances had been consolidated and divided amongst three magistrates, every dealing with one file. The assertion stated a few of the accused wrote to him in search of a assessment of their circumstances.

“And upon a assessment of the circumstances, it was decided that the stated individuals had been extra appropriate as prosecution witnesses.”

Mr Haji stated Article 157 of the Structure and part 5 of the ODPP Act enable him to assessment a case.

Amongst these whose prices had been withdrawn embrace former NYS appearing director basic Sammy Michuki, former head of procurement on the Mechanical Transport Department (MTB) Rodgers Nzioka, Simon Kanyi Kiiru who additionally labored at MTB, Stephen Riungu, a former inside auditor on the Treasury, Josephat Njoroge, who labored as an inside auditor at Treasury, and Lucas Otieno, an auditor.

Additionally freed had been NYS workers members Timothy Kiplagat Rotich, Jackson Juma, Humphrey Odhiambo and Bernard Masika.

The trial was adjourned to January 14 to permit the defence staff to check the amended cost sheet and put together for the listening to.

The 32 suspects going through prices embrace former Youth PS Lillian Omollo, former NYS Director Basic Richard Ndubai and 26 different civil servants and merchants who’re alleged to have obtained hundreds of thousands for items not provided.

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